Friday, August 26, 2005
On the way to Berkeley yesterday to forage for household decor at Ohmega Salvage (wow, too much fun), we stopped at 99 Ranch Market at the Pacific East Mall in Richmond. I've been missing the flavors of Asian food, and had even been trying to come up with a formula for local "soy" sauce. (Not trying very hard, I confess, but I was thinking along the lines of fermented walnuts. Is that nuts?)
Our purpose was to just browse, but upon browsing the sake aisle, we came across Takara Sake, brewed in Berkeley from rice grown in the Sacramento Valley. Hey, that's less than 100 miles from my house!
The Nama Organic sake is light and apple-y. The Sierra sake is light and apple-y, with a slightly golden tint. I liked the Nama better, but it's hard to say why, except that it seems crisper. Oh -- it has more alcohol; that might explain it.
I hope my diligent research and dedicated local diet is enough to atone for the potstickers and turnip cake I indulged in, from the take-out corner of the store ($1.65 for three pieces each). My punishment is that the soy sauce in the little plastic envelope was crappy.
However, I do have some walnuts in the fridge...
Posted by cookiecrumb at 12:33 PM